[Foundation-l] Volunteer Appreciation
steven.walling at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 18:00:03 UTC 2009
SJ, thanks for sharing the nostalgia.wikipedia.org link. I've been a
Wikimedian for four years, and not once stumbled across that. You learn
something new every day...
As for the "educational products" phrase, my feeling is yes, the community
on-wiki doesn't tend to think of the projects *literally* as products. But,
from my experience, the use of the phrase is simply part of a larger trend
of referring to websites and families of sites as a product. As in, the
point of a primarily Web-based institution being to deliver the site/sites
as a product to visitors. That spirit has already been something that marks
Wikimedia projects as different from most wikis I think, whether or not we
literally refer to them that way.
On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:51 AM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
> Welcome, Jennifer. The current foundation-l traffic isn't quite as
> vibrant an intro to the community today as it was in 2005 or so. I
> hope you will share your thoughts, even unformed!
> For a historical taste, don't forget to visit the nostalgia wiki:
> ...and even http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiPedia
> Trends across the life of the projects are important; a lot of us
> spend time reflecting on what was best, whether changes since then
> have been good or bad for coherence, growth, quality, and fun. I
> wonder in particular why we haven't developed new projects lately -
> there are many out there that fit naturally into the original
> wikiethos, and the newer foundation mission.
> ps - It is disconcerting to hear Wikipedia and sibs referred to as
> 'educational products' and materials. I mean, do we have products? I
> don't think the projects see themselves as such; though there are
> occasional products that emerge (such as 3D wiki globes... TC/Theo:
> can we get another run of those?!)
> pps - A general note - it would be nice to see links to people's user
> accounts when they are introduced, whether they are advisors, staff,
> friends of the wiki, or Editors of Unusual Size...
> On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 7:12 PM, Jennifer Riggs <jriggs at wikimedia.org>
> > This being Volunteer Appreciation week in the US, I thought it was a
> > great chance for me to post to this list and post a Wikimedia blog
> > http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/04/20/volunteer-appreciation/. I want to
> > thank everyone for being so welcoming. I am very excited about this
> > organization and this job working to support such an amazing group of
> > volunteers!
> > I've been reading along on some important community issues discussed
> > here and am learning so much. I look forward also to hearing
> > perspectives on the list about issues around diversifying and further
> > globalizing Wikimedia's free educational products and material. I am
> > very volunteer-centric when it comes to my big thinking about direction,
> > activities and products. So, I will be relying on you to help frame the
> > Foundation's volunteer support in a way that will be most beneficial in
> > your efforts to achieve our community's goals.
> > I look forward to meeting you as individuals as I go.
> > Jennifer Riggs - CPO Wikimedia Foundation
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